SarahBelle Selig

SarahBelle Selig is a junior pursuing her Bachelor’s in International Relations and Progressive Master’s in Public Diplomacy. Her interests include the negotiation and strategic communication aspects of the political atmosphere, specifically within the realm of business development and merger politics. She discovered her passion for editing while developing the manuscript for her recently published novel, The Dim Between, and she looks forward to advancing this skill as a member of the SCIR team.


Reid Thom

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Reid Thom is a senior studying International Relations and Business Administration. He came to USC from Torrance, California where he spent his days playing volleyball and riding motorcycles. Reid has held a fascination with foreign affairs since his extensive studies of European history in high school, and his exposure to international political economy research at USC has only furthered his interest.




Katie McDowell

Katie McDowell is a junior studying Economics/Mathematics and International Relations. Aside from SCIR, Katie is involved in the Teaching International Relations Program (TIRP), an outreach program that sends IR students to local high schools to teach critical thinking skills in a globalized context. She is also the program coordinator of the Center for Active Learning in International Studies at USC, which sponsors TIRP and other social science education platforms like policy seminars and teacher training. An avid writer, Katie wrote for the Daily Trojan both semesters last year and writes for the website of PMA Consulting, LLC, a Charlotte-based nonprofit consulting firm. She was also an orientation advisor this summer, contributing to the registration and mentorship of over 12,000 incoming freshmen, transfer, and graduate students at USC. Katie is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is an avid runner, music lover, and southern cooking fanatic.


Samuel Miller

Samuel Miller is a sophomore studying International Relations Global Business. Besides editing for SCIR, Samuel has interned for the Department of Commerce Los Angeles office and began research on East Asian international political economy this fall. He produced and acted in an all-freshmen showcase in Spring 2016 and more recently played the role of Beleaguered Geek in a student production of Heathers: The Musical. Over the summer, he interned in the Capitol with Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) while taking classes in Arabic at The George Washington University. His passions include international finance, international development, watching classic movies, and musical theatre.



Anna Lipscomb


Anna Lipscomb is a sophomore studying International Relations and East Asian Languages and Cultures. She is interested in US-China relations and Chinese society, specifically in the context of the One-Child policy and Chinese international adoption. Her passions include music, writing, and travelling. In addition to editing at SCIR, she also writes for US-China Today and works as an undergraduate student consultant at the USC American Language Institute.




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